Hyundai on new path

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bit of a mon­grel at­ti­tude. In some on­line fo­rums there are com­plaints about the ab­sence of satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion and plain­tive cries of ‘‘why isn’t it stan­dard’’ — but, for me, this is a mi­nor bug­bear.

As with the plethora of smart­phones cur­rently on the mar­ket, you’d just be dou­bling up any­way.

This ve­hi­cle is well worth the price and will be a tough com­peti­tor for all other mid­sized sedans on the mar­ket.

It doesn’t hold back when it comes to fea­tures, ei­ther.

A real funky acro­nym is the AFLS (Adap­tive Front Light Sys­tem) which, un­for­tu­nately, I was un­able to prop­erly test. But the boys at the deal­er­ship raved about it. Put sim­ply, they

are en­hanced head­lights which swivel in the di­rec­tion you’re steer­ing.

It’s one of those things that ini­tially makes one scoff at but once you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced it, you just know it’s some­thing that you can’t do with­out.

This car is packed with the kind of char­ac­ter­is­tics that make driv­ing a real plea­sure.

The head­lights boast ex­cep­tion­ally bright LED day­time run­ning lights — a highly vis­i­ble safety fea­ture which will pretty much for­ever negate the need for low beam in in­clement weather or when driv­ing at dusk.

Neg­a­tives? There is lit­tle scope for any real criticism, but if I had to nit­pick it would be that the bon­net dips down rather alarm­ingly, in keep­ing with its con­tem­po­rary looks.

This made it a bit harder than I’m ac­cus­tomed to when it came to judg­ing dis­tance when park­ing. Apart from that mi­nor flaw, with­out hav­ing to re­sort to hy­per­bole, it’s a car I’d con­sider buy­ing.

The i40 is avail­able from the NT Au­to­mo­tive Group (Hyundai) in Win­nel­lie, on the Stu­art High­way.

Call in there to see Mark Jipp (aka ‘‘Jip­pie’’), an old hand when it comes to sell­ing cars in Dar­win and take this im­pres­sive ve­hi­cle for a test-drive.

That, I guar­an­tee, will make you mar­vel at how far Hyundai has come these past few years.

The re­spon­sive staff there can pro­vide you with fur­ther de­tails on this fine car.

Prices start at an af­ford­able $29,990 — the ve­hi­cle I road-tested is the i40 Pre­mium Sedan with the 1.7-litre CRDi turbo diesel engine and is avail­able for $49,616 drive­away. Three words sum­marise the car: sleek, thor­oughly mod­ern.

Pic­tures: KA­T­RINA BRIDGEFORD

The Hyundai i40 looks good from all sides and will be a tough com­peti­tor for all other mid-sized sedans on the mar­ket

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